Stalled regime transition in the upper Tisza River Basin: the dynamics of linked action situations

Autor(en): Sendzimir, Jan
Flachner, Zsuzsana
Pahl-Wostl, Claudia 
Knieper, Christian 
Stichwörter: Adaptive management; Environmental Sciences; Environmental Sciences & Ecology; EXPERIENCES; GOVERNANCE; Institutions; Regime transformation; Social learning; Tisza river policy; Water governance
Erscheinungsdatum: 2010
Volumen: 13
Ausgabe: 7, SI
Startseite: 604
Seitenende: 619
In river basins transformation from traditions of reactive flood defense to more adaptive management regimes is difficult How regime components reinforce each other to set its development path may induce inertia and path dependency Transformation may require profound shifts in the institutions technologies and personnel as well as the ecological economic and social processes they influence in setting the basin s trajectory Regime change has become an issue in Hungary following repeated failures of conventional management policies to handle a series of floods on the Tisza river starting in 1997 Increasing public participation pushed water policy debate toward more experimentation with alternatives but implementation appears stalled In this paper we review hypotheses about what factors are bridges or barriers to transformation and then use the Management Transition Framework to examine how the interactions linking action situations operational outcomes knowledge and institutions influenced the river management policy debate in Hungary from 1997 to 2009 Specifically we examined which factors characteristic of conventional Control vs progressive Adaptive management regimes influenced these interactions in ways that contributed to or hindered transformation We found that governance and social learning issues predominated with lesser roles played by factors related to integration of sectors and different levels in the science and policy of river management (C) 2010 Published by Elsevier Ltd
ISSN: 14629011
DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2010.09.005

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